DANCER ADVOCACY ACTION: WRITE YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!
We need to make noise on every level to focus public attention on the challenges the dance industry is facing. We ask YOU to share your story -- as a dance artist and worker -- with your elected representatives. We've drafted a letter and provided step-by-step instructions to make this easy.
WATCH quick video compilations from our October action
WATCH quick video compilations from our December action
Dance Rising is presented in partnership with Dance/NYC
and Fiscally sponsored by The Field
About DANCE RISING NYC
Dance Rising NYC is a platform for embodied advocacy that affirms the importance of dance in all its forms, makes dance visible in a re-opening landscape, and sparks crucial conversations about the future of our field in NYC.
A physical, visible advocacy platform that unites our industry and amplifies our diverse voices and bodies, Dance Rising focuses public attention on our field and engages with stakeholders about partnership and possibility. It also provides audiences with opportunities to enjoy safe, site-specific live performances and celebrates local artists--a potent reminder of the importance of arts and culture in NYC.
Dance Rising is based on two interconnected components that encompass live and video formats:
Hyper local dance-outs: an organized, city-wide, physically distanced action of hundreds of professional dance artists in all styles and forms, each dancing at a location of their choice on specific dates and times.
Large-scale video and projections: screens and surfaces across the city will display footage and artistic renderings from these dance-outs, bringing visibility to the industry at a time when live performance is on pause.
Dance Rising was formed in August 2020 in response to the pandemic. It is produced by a collective of NYC dance artists and administrators and is a fiscally sponsored project of The Field. More than 200 dance artists joined the first Hyper-Local Dance-Out on October 1 & 3, and we are currently compiling and editing these videos so they can be presented on screens and surfaces around the city.
Dance Rising is presented in partnership with Dance/NYC.
This is our life’s work: NYC is the dance capital of our nation. Over 5,000 dance professionals of all sorts—performers, educators, choreographers, improvisers, studio owners, and theater employees-- engage in live, body-based, dance practices that often involve physical contact and group gatherings. This is our life’s work and our economic livelihood.
Dance is an important part of life and culture: We are vital to our communities’ wellbeing. We offer ways to express joy and pain, process current events, and build intergenerational connections through the arts. In 2016, the dance industry accounted for $302,000,000 of revenue into NYC.
The dance ecology is fragile: The economic impact of the pandemic on the dance industry has been devastating. Most dance professionals lost all or a majority of their work when theaters, studios, and even outdoor festivals shut down in March. As of August 2020, an estimated 90% of the dance industry is still out of work.
It’s time to figure this out: It’s time for dance professionals to be seen in their communities, re-connect with their neighbors, and begin important conversations about how dance and dancers will survive in a post-pandemic reality. Support and creative thinking are necessary for this industry to stay vibrant and remain in NYC.
How to Get Involved
Dance Rising: Hyper-Local Dance Out
Dec 3rd and 5th, 2020
Sign up + Dance
Are you a dancer, choreographer, or other dance professional in any dance form? Our next Dance Outs are Dec 3rd & 5th
When you sign up: Get the prompts. Choose a color. Grab a friend to film you and dance indoors or outdoors
Spread the word to your colleagues to join!
ORGANIZATIONS + STUDIOS
Help the Dance Rising Team multiply participants in all dance forms to get the NYC dance industry out on the streets and into video spaces in the City.
Help amplify the event with your own promotion.
The Dance Rising Team seeks partners to share funding or in-kind supports such as video equipment, video editing, promotion, or access to spaces for video.
Reach out and we will be happy to have a conversation.
ALL FIVE BOROS
DANCE MAP for DECEMBER 3rd + 5th!
HOW TO USE THIS MAP
Artists have chosen their locations, and sent variations on addresses or landmarks.
Please click on [ ] to open in a new window, then zoom in to the neighborhood you are looking for. The closer you get the more you'll see the individual artists and their date, name and style of dance.
Multi-colored hearts = dancers and date added to map
Squares = Borough Presidents
Civic Building = City Council Members representing the 51 Districts of NYC
Dance Rising FAQs
Things you might be wondering
How Will I Get the Information?
Once you have signed up to dance, you will get a confirmation email with all of your answers. Within a few days of signing up, you will receive an email with links to the DANCE RISING Toolkit, this will include ways to reach out to friends, a movement score to support your creativity, our best suggestions for how to plan your dancing, and information about how to use music for this action.
Please add "dancerisingnyc at gmail.com" and "team at dancerising.org" to your contact list so this email pops up right away!
What Are the "Creative Prompts"?
Creative prompts offer guidelines for you to create your dance, in your style. An example is "what does magic feel like" and "use time and rhythm from 20 seconds of hand washing." We are not here to tell you how or what to dance, we are offering a way for us to unite as movers, makers and diverse dancing bodies.
We are also excited for you to share what you are thinking of creatively in this moment.
Are you Offering Music?
If you don't already have the rights to the music you're planning to use, we're offering music options by a range of independent artists who are giving Dance Rising the rights to use their music.
We have a YouTube Playlist and a "how to" sheet with all of the ways to Navigate Music on the internet.
This means your YouTube/Facebook will not be silenced due to copyright violations -- we are staying live, and loud, together. And if you want to dance without music, go for it!
How Should I Film my Dance?
Ask a friend or a family member to help you. It is more fun to have a cheering section who is also your camera person.
1. Ask them to be available to film you on Dec 3 or 5 at 3pm.
2. Use your phone, or theirs, whichever is a higher quality camera, set it to film in "HD"
3. Film in Landscape for groups and Profile for solos!
4. Save it. We will reach out with the link for uploading on Dec 4th and 6th.
What is IG TV?
Do you have an Instagram account? Great. Click to "add to story". Flick "LIVE", you will be live, dancing, right in the moment - do your thing and have your friend film you with your Instagram account. Be sure to SAVE this live moment to IGTV.
You are collecting donations. Why?
When we originally conceived of Dance Rising in August 2020, we thought it could be a one-off action.
As we look ahead to the next 6-9 months and listen to colleagues and artists, we see a need for continued activity that unites the NYC dance field and focuses public attention on our industry. We have reached a juncture where funding is critical in order to sustain Dance Rising, compensate individuals who are working on the project, and build on the momentum we have created.
All donations to Dance Rising are tax-deductible, with The Field as our fiscal sponsor.
Would you like to donate? We are incredibly grateful for your help.